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Word of the Day
Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Definitions for largess

  1. Generous giving (as of gifts or money), often accompanied by condescension.
  2. Gifts, money, or other valuables so given.
  3. Generosity; liberality.

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Citations for largess
Four years after her marriage she exclaimed giddily over her father-in-law's largess: "He has given Waldorf the Waldorf Astoria Hotel for a birthday present!" Stacy Schiff, New York Times
The recipients of Johnson's largesse were understandably indifferent to what propelled him. Robert Dallek, Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973
Origin of largess
Largess is from Old French largesse, "largeness, generosity," from large, from Latin largus, "plentiful, generous."